You may associate plumbers with installing faucets and fixing drips under the sink, but a plumber does much more than that. Some of the equipment they work with is high-tech, which allows them to solve all kinds of water related problems. Here's a look at some of the plumbing services you could need and the equipment that's used for the problems:
Detecting A Hot Water Leak
A hot water leak is a serious situation. It not only drives up your water bill, it can cause your electricity bill to skyrocket too if your water heater runs continuously due to the leak. Sometimes the leak is plain to see. Other times, you have no idea where it is when it is hidden under the floor.
A plumber can easily find a hot water leak with a thermal scanner. This device picks up on temperature differences through various materials. The plumber can pass it over your floor and if hot water is flowing under it, the temperature difference shows up on the screen so the location of the leak can be narrowed down to a specific location.
Finding The Cause Of A Mystery Clog
If you've snaked your drains and still can't work a clog loose, then a plumber can help with a pipe camera. This is a video camera installed on a long cable so it can be rolled into a sewer pipe. The camera sends back a live feed that's viewed on a monitor. The picture has a high resolution and the camera has a light mounted on it, so the picture is clear enough to tell what is going on inside the pipe.
Tree roots are visible as well as collapsed pipes so the plumber can identify what caused the clog. Even better, the camera has a beacon that sends a signal to the surface of the ground. A handheld device picks up the beacon signal and the exact spot of the clog is pinpointed so the plumber knows where to dig to get to the clog.
Locating An Underground Leak
Finding an underground leak can be tricky. If the leak is under the slab or under the floor, the plumber wants to know exactly where it is so your entire floor doesn't have to be dug up to find the leak. This is where sound detection equipment comes in useful. Much like a doctor uses a stethoscope to listen to your lungs, a plumber can use a listening device to hear water rushing underground. By following the sound of water, the exact spot of a leak can be detected when the sound of the water changes. This allows repairs to be made with the least amount of disruption to your house.
Your plumber may be a bigger help than you realize when you have hidden leaks and clogs. Gone are the days when you need to dig around your yard or bust up your slab to look for plumbing leaks. With the latest high-tech equipment, your plumber can tell what's going on underground without having to dig.
Many people think that a plumber is there to be called to unclog toilets and drain pipes, but they don't understand that there are a number of other tasks that a plumber can do around the home. As the wife of a plumber, I know very well how much my husband does when he is out working. He comes home and tells me his fun stories about the superhero that was flushed down the toilet or the hot water heater that nearly exploded. My blog is filled with all sorts of tips, stories and information that can help you get a better idea of everything that a plumber can do for you.